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Jets blanked by Flyers for third straight loss

"We're falling behind in games and then it just seems to snowball."

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - The frustration level might be nearing a season-high for the Winnipeg Jets.

A 4-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night was the team's third defeat in a row, and while no team has played more games since December 2, 2022 than Winnipeg, that doesn't make them feel any better.

"As soon as there is a little adversity - we handled it well early in the year - we're not handling it well right now," said Jets head coach Rick Bowness. "We're a good hockey team. You have to work and you have to compete. As soon as it gets tough, you can't change from that."

Things are certainly hard right now.

The same team that won eight of nine games from late December into the middle of January now has losses in five of seven. In the two wins, the Jets (31-19-1) scored 10 times. In the five losses, they have just five.

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GAMEDAY: Jets vs Flyers

6:00 pm CT - TV: Sportsnet; Radio: 680 CJOB/Power 97

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Saturday brings a little bit of a change to the game day routine for the Winnipeg Jets.

The team won't hold a morning skate ahead of tonight's 6 pm CT puck drop against the Philadelphia Flyers, the second game of a three-game home stand for Winnipeg.

It's not totally unheard of, as the team often won't hold a morning skate on the back half of a back-to-back. Tonight's tilt with the Flyers isn't on a back-to-back (unlike the first meeting between the two clubs six days ago), but after an up-tempo practice on Friday, the Jets took a pass on Saturday's morning skate.

The focus tonight is all about pace.

"Can we push the pace harder in games? Absolutely we can," said head coach Rick Bowness after Friday's skate. "We want to skate, we want to pressure, we want to get the puck, we want to go."

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Practice Notebook - Jan. 27, 2023

"I think the best hockey is still ahead of us."

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - At the 50-game mark of the season, the Winnipeg Jets have certainly hit the heavy grind of the National Hockey League schedule.

They're tied with multiple teams for the second most games played in the league (behind Washington's 51) with 29 of those coming in the last 56 days - 53 days if the three-day break at the holiday is removed.

So the lack of pace, a foundation to Winnipeg's success so far this season, has been tough to come by some nights. However, it's also something that can be fixed, which is why Josh Morrissey remains as confident as ever in what the group is capable of.

"We have a great hockey team here and we believe in ourselves," said the defenceman. "It's time to just learn from each game, learn from yesterday, and be good in these next two. I don't know if there's any two situations or two seasons that are the same but we're certainly not pushing the panic button in our locker room, that's for sure."

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Behind the making of the South Asian Heritage Night logo

"I'm so excited. I can't express that. It really means a lot to me."

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

Graphic designer Charmi Sheth still remembers the conversation that led to her working on the biggest project of her young career.

That conversation was between her and True North Sports + Entertainment's Director of Creative, Josh Dudych. He was asking her to help with the logo design and overall branding for the team's first ever South Asian Heritage Night.

"Since I was five or six I've been into drawing, sketching, and painting, everything," said the 20-year-old. "I was very excited because it was for South Asia."

She comes by her talent, honestly. Her father is also a graphic designer, and many of her earliest memories of sketching have him involved.

"When I was three, I used to sit in my dad's office," she said. "I learned a lot from him too. I am really good with colours and typography."

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Jets open home stand with 'self-inflicted' loss to Sabres

"We're trying to make plays that just might work one out of every 10 times."

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Thursday night didn't end up being the welcome home the Winnipeg Jets wanted.

After playing eight of their last nine away from home, and returning to Canada Life Centre after a season-long five-game road trip, the Jets (31-18-1) dropped a 3-2 decision to the Buffalo Sabres.

The loss snapped a five-game win streak on home ice.

"When you don't have your legs and you don't feel your best out there, the worst thing you can do is what we did tonight," said Jets head coach Rick Bowness. "We had bad puck management at both blue lines and all you're doing then is feeding their transition, feeding their speed, so a lot of that is on us."

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Thomas' Three Storylines - BUF @ WPG

PLD Line producing, Lessons learned, and more!

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

LESSONS LEARNED

Winnipeg learned a valuable lesson from the last time they faced the Buffalo Sabres this season and that is, if they decide to just trade scoring chances with Buffalo, that will be a problem. The Jets played a solid 40 minutes in Buffalo earlier this month, but the Sabres took over in the third period and if not for Connor Hellebuyck, they wouldn't have escaped with two points. Winnipeg will have to be careful with their puck management and play solid team defence and the scoring chances will come from that.

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GAMEDAY: Jets vs Sabres

7:00 pm CT - TV: TSN 3; Radio: 680 CJOB/Power 97

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - The best part about being at home, after playing eight of nine on the road, really comes down to the little things according to Neal Pionk.

"I think we had 48 hours at home over the last two weeks, so I got to do a little more than my laundry yesterday. So that was nice," he smiled. "It'll be nice to be in front of the home fans again."

The Winnipeg Jets (31-17-1) begin a three-game home stand tonight against the Buffalo Sabres, and want to take advantage of being on home ice before the All-Star festivities in early February.

With a Western Conference leading 17-6-0 record on home ice, Canada Life Centre is exactly where the Jets want to be after a road trip that saw them go 2-3-0.

"We feed off the energy of the fans," Pionk said. "If someone throws a bit hit, we kill a penalty, score a goal, the crowd is electric. We feed off that momentum."

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Jets downed by Predators in road trip finale

Hellebuyck makes 39 saves; Dubois scores lone goal for Jets

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

Let's just say the Central Division will be well represented at the 2023 NHL All-Star Game.

The two goaltenders that will represent the division squared off on Tuesday night, as Winnipeg Jets netminder Connor Hellebuyck and Nashville's Juuse Saros went save for save all night, but ultimately it was the Predators who came out on top by a 2-1 score.

In the end, Hellebuyck had 39 saves while Saros turned away 32.

"I think he's the best goalie in the NHL," Pierre-Luc Dubois said of Hellebuyck. "You hate to say you expect it from him, but he plays a lot, a lot, a lot of good games. And he's been extremely important to us this season and will be until the end."

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Thomas' Three Storylines - WPG @ NSH

All-Star goalies, A physical game, and more!

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

IMPORTANT REST DAY

After playing three games in four nights, the Jets took a well-deserved day off yesterday in Nashville. Winnipeg looks to come home with an over .500 record on this season high five game road trip. They put themselves in this position thanks to their gritty victory over the Flyers on Sunday night and with a win can move back into first place in the Central, one point ahead of Dallas.

"I think yesterday was a really good day for us to recoup and relax and take care of our bodies," said Cole Perfetti.

"Just hang out and enjoy the day in Nashville, so I think that was some much-needed rest."

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GAMEDAY: Jets at Predators

7:00 pm CT - TV: TSN 3; Radio: 680 CJOB/Power 97

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

A season-long five-game road trip comes to an end tonight, as the Winnipeg Jets square off with the Nashville Predators. 

If the Jets (31-16-1) win, it'll put together their seventh win streak of at least three games or more, and give them a winning record on the road trip as well.

"These games are fun. They're a lot of fun," said Nikolaj Ehlers. "It's two teams that go at it pretty good and have been for many years now. We have to continue playing our game, work hard, play fast, get pucks to the net and we'll come out on top."

If past history is to be believed, Winnipeg's 12-3-0 record against Central Division opponents - the best divisional record among their Central counterparts - should be an added bit of confidence for the Jets.

In the first meeting of the season, Winnipeg beat Nashville 2-1 in overtime in a tightly contested game on December 15. The Jets expect no different tonight.

 

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